On the topic of pushing the credit system without having it finished, I agree with you that it was a wrong move from Coda, since not being able to buy new credits basically removes the AI feature. Many of us probably invested time configuring AI columns and workflows that are now blocked. Which was the point in the original post.
On the other points, I don’t mean to be rude but you’re objectively wrong. It’s just a matter of basic economics. There’s no free lunch.
I don’t know if you read my post thoroughly but I pointed out that with fixed pricing you’re either overpaying for your usage, or underpaying (being subsidized by another party). That other party can be other users that have little AI usage in their use-cases and are paying the same fixed price as you. Or it can be the SaaS company offering prices lower than their cost as a marketing attempt to gain users. Which is not sustainable in the long run, at some point they will have to change the pricing or terms. (or sell out your private data to pay for it)
What you said about Notion and Taskade is technically false. As of right now, Notion has undeclared usage limits. This is from AI pricing & usage – Notion Help Center
Taskade on the other hand has a credit system in place and “Unlimited usage” starts at the 40 USD monthly subscription, though on the marketing page they don’t say it. And it likely has some limitation that they don’t share publicly, since most users are probably not going to reach it.
This confirms that AI usage is ultimately meassured in tokens (input + output). Most of these apps use OpenAI’s API as the underlying AI, and this is the current public pricing for any individual (not bulk usage pricing, which should be cheaper)
If you do the math, the 10 USD you are paying monthly for Notion’s “unlimited” (not) AI usage is worth on average 4.375.000 words, each month, for the GPT3 turbo which is good enough for a lot of the use cases.
To put that number in context and understand it, because it is a big number: The whole Bible has approximately 780.000 words in the english translation. And the whole Harry Potter book series (all 7 books) has 1,084,170 words total.
And Notion’s pricing is 10 USD PER MEMBER PER MONTH. So unless you are generating the equivalent of 4 complete Harry Potter’s series with each user, every month, you are overpaying BY A LOT , just to feel unlimited (though in reality you aren’t).
That’s why pay per use model is technically better for all users. Of course if you want to waste money for a feeling be my guest, but there many business use-cases and people from all over the world using Coda, even places where USD dollars are expensive compared to average income.